They are definitely not horsing around.

West Yorkshire Police have ‘reined’ in the public in a bid to help them name their new horse.

The Force’s Mounted Section has brought in a four-year-old shire-cross gelding straight off the fells to join the team, and it is currently unnamed.

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The new horse will help to make up the numbers again in the yard following Bud who has moved on, Louis’s retirement and Fimber’s death.

But perhaps mindful of the recent furore over the naming of the UK’s new polar research ship which narrowly avoided being named Boaty McBoatface after the public were invited to vote, bosses say it must have “a West Yorkshire-themed name”.

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Once suggestions are submitted, a selection of names will be put out for vote.

The person behind the winning suggestion will then be invited to come along and meet the new horse at the Force’s training and development site at Carr Gate, Wakefield.

Chief Insp Chris Bowen of Protective Services Operations said; “We know that the mounted section is really popular amongst the general public and the horses have a great following on social media.

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“We thought that getting the public to name our newest horse would be a great opportunity for people to get involved with the Force, and of course the person who submits the winning entry will get to come to the stables and meet him, and the other horses in person.

“We would really like our new horse to have a West Yorkshire themed name, and that is the only criteria. The public are invited to submit their suggestions, and we’ll then pick up to five of those suggestions and put them out to vote.”

Sgt Jayne West who leads the Mounted Section team added: “Our new boy is really handsome and we’d love the public to find him the perfect name.

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“He’s around 16 hands at the moment, but we think he’s some way to grow yet and could easily become one of our tallest horses.

“He’s not been with us very long yet, but is adapting fantastically to the yard and his early training.

“I am really confident he’s going to be a terrific asset to the mounted section.”

The competition can be entered http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/name-our-new-police-horse

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